St Mary and St Peter Catholic Primary School

Learning Culture


Our Learning Culture

Our learning culture cultivates conditions for children to thrive and be active and independent learners.

These aims are tightly woven within our school mission statement.


We teach children in our school to know about things and know how to do things.  They gain knowledge and make this deep-rooted in their memory – imitation and internalisation;

“the joy and wonder of learning”


We inspire children to explore and question so that they can find out more, and realise that there are some things we don’t know or fully understand.  They use knowledge to explore and gain deeper insight and understanding to help shape new ideas – innovation;

“intellectual curiosity”


We nurture children to be able to communicate about things they want to explore, things they have discovered or theories they’ve developed.  The creation of final outcomes formed from those new ideas that are shared with others through different forms of communication – invention;

“creative endeavour, compassion for others and the courage to act on their beliefs.”


Values of our Learning Culture

Our community is lovingpeaceful and joyful.  We are patient and kind. We respect and value everyone.  We are open and honest and are ready to say sorry, forgive and move on.  We nurture each other to trusthope and be resilient in the face of fear and anxiety.  We embrace challenge and support each other to get back up when challenges can knock us.  We do this as we journey together in faith.

These twelve values that are integral to our community help us ensure that;

  • we teach children that democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance are upheld in our communities as universal human rights for every citizen
  • we teach children that intelligence is not fixed, that humans can develop ‘growth mindsets’ (to think about thinking and to learn about learning) that support a lifelong love of learning
  • everyone learns together, with each other and from each other.

Our Learning Powers

Learning Stage Learning Powers What do these look like?
‘Team’ ‘Hero’ ‘Characteristics & personality’




Perseverance and focus

Manage distractions

Immersed in the activity

Do one thing at a time

Break things down

Follow a simple procedure

Plan and think it through

Draw diagrams

Jot down thoughts of things which will helps


Ask questions

Notice things

Look for patterns and connections

Think of possible reasons

Research, ask ‘what if..?’




(This is also a school value)

Have a growth mindset



Name, draw, find,, label, match,

Don’t worry if it goes wrong

Learn from mistakes

Be excited to try new things







(This is also a school value)

Taking on challenges, don’t give up

Learning from mistakes

Taking risks

Specialising and generalising

Describe, outline

Follow an algorithm

Work hard, practice lots, keep going

Ask for help

Take a brain break, start again


Be creative

Imagining and expressing

Unlimited – let your imagination go

Think up new ideas and questions

Try new strategies





(This is also a school value)

Listen to others

Say when you have an idea or when you don’t understand something

Be kind when you disagree

Empathise with others

Explain things to help others

Be tolerant


Keep reviewing your work

Identify your best bits ‘wow work’

Improve one thing first

Accepting feedback and criticism

Conjecturing and convincing

Organising and classifying

Try to better than last time

Don’t compare yourself with others, only yourself.


Feel proud of all your achievements

Feel your neurons connecting

Imagine your intelligence growing by the minute

Use what you have learn in real life

Know you can do it if you have input and you practise

Head of School:
Mrs A. Goddard

Executive Headteacher:
Mrs H. Armstrong

Mr C. Lambert

01493 445 117



East Anglian Way
Great Yarmouth,
NR31 6QY